View Full Version : Calling all PTs RDs and everyone else HELP ME!!!
09-29-2011, 07:10 AM
I need help badly!! I want to become either a RD or maybe a strength and conditioning coach on the collegiate level. I was a full time student this year until my financial aid didn't get approved and I had to take a year off. In this year I've done a little research and i've come to the realization that I have no idea what field I want to go into at all. I was seeking a degree in exercise science to become a physical therapists (might still do) but I like the RD side of it better. I want to get at least my B.A. to become a RD then continue to get my masters. Im dead set on going as far as I possibly can in one of these careers. I would really like to get everyone elses take on it though. What would you do if you were in my shoes?? I just need some insight into all of this from real people not a webpage.
09-29-2011, 08:45 AM
RD - good money and there are a lot of jobs out there. Plus you can always become certified and personal train on the side.
If you are very focused you could go the physical therapist route but it is VERY competitive right now and harder than ever to get accepted into grade school. 3.5+ is probably realistic for entrance.
09-29-2011, 09:01 AM
Get a B.S. in health sciences... excercise science etc. Dont worry about what you want to be right now. Go to school take all your science classes and worry about mastering them. Get good enough grades and you will leave the door open for anything. Take an internship each summer in a different field, and make some lasting connections. Consistently talk to your professors in and out of class and maintain good relationships with some of them. Enjoy yourself, make connections, don't stress...
I majored in nutrition in college decided to bail on the RD root despite everyone around me doing that, and got my CSCS... going for the strength coach at the collegiate/ elite athlete level and doing personal training for now going to try to open up my own facility for athletic performance...if it fails I can always run back to grad school.
09-29-2011, 09:04 AM
Thanks guys you helped alot!! I really appreciate it!!
09-29-2011, 09:09 AM
Success as an RD is not as cut and dry right now. I know a few people who got out of college as a dietician but never got into an internship program to become a RD... I know they tried hard at first but not sure how much work they put in since then.